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Traveling With Contacts

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If you are planning to travel for the holidays, it’s easy to fall out of your usual routine. Unfortunately, when it comes to your contact lenses, change in your care routine could result in hassles, discomfort, or infection. Follow these tips for travel and your eyes will thank you.

  1. Eyewear prescriptions
    Before you leave, get your eyes checked and make sure your contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions are up to date. If you know you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, save yourself the hassle. Always bring a backup pair of glasses. And just in case, bring a copy of your prescription.
  2. Pack everything
    It’s better to be on the safe side of things, so pack it all. Bring your contact lens solution, backup pair of glasses, leak-proof contact cases, and any other eye care supplies you need. You may not use all of it, but at least you are prepared.
  3. Travel security rules
    If you are flying, be prepared for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Regulations could affect you as a contact lens wearer. Contact lenses can be carried in both carry-on and checked bags, but the rules are a little stricter when it comes to contact lens solution. You can have no more than 3 ounces of contact lens solution in your carry-on and all of your liquids must fit in a quart-size plastic bag. Pack 3 liquid ounces in your carry-on and pack the remaining in your checked bag to make sure you have enough solution for the duration of your trip.
  4. Consider disposable contact lenses
    Maybe while you’re traveling, you don’t want to deal with the hassle of your contact lenses. Consider disposable lenses. You can throw them away each night without having to clean or store them.
  5. Don’t take chances
    If your eyes are bothering you, play it safe and remove your contact lenses. Use your backup glasses until you can get your eyes checked. Don’t ignore the discomfort just because you’re traveling.

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